As we’ve previously stated, employees are an essential part of a company’s foundation and so are their leaders. An organization’s leaders have various responsibilities that fill their daily agendas. A successful leader does much more than “manage” a team of people, however. Leaders know their team well and work with them to reach goals and further develop within the company. What are some of the qualities and behaviors of a successful and effective leader?
Successful leaders are strong communicators, and they understand how important communication is between colleagues. A leader within an organization has to communicate in various ways from in-person meetings, to e-mail or over the phone. Effective leaders know that all employees perceive messages and interactions differently. Knowing how to communicate with their team will make efforts to reach goals more cohesive and attainable. According to Forbes contributor, Deep Patel, “Communication is built on a steady flow of verbal and nonverbal exchanges of ideas and information, so work on being approachable and involving people from different levels.”
Provides Clear Visions & Goals
Effective communication is a large part of a leader’s ability to provide their team with clear visions and goals. It’s not uncommon for employees to feel confused about what their team or company’s goals are. A lack of understanding can significantly decrease productivity as employees are often unsure about how to prioritize their work based on company and team goals.
Collaboration between team members and their leaders is an integral part of the relationship-building process. Employees all possess a diverse range of different strengths and capabilities. Encouraging collaborative efforts is a great way to foster innovation and creativity while working towards reaching set goals with various skills.
Knows Their Team
Leaders should know the members of their team on both a personal and professional level. Take an interest in their lives outside of work and learn about their strengths and weaknesses. Learning about employees will help a leader develop ways to inspire and motivate them.
“Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of every individual to effectively manage the outcome of a team is imperative for success. Leaders have a great vision and use the resources at hand to solve problems. They take risks and make hard decisions, knowing they could sometimes be wrong. Those are the most important qualities of a real leader that work similarly in our professional and personal lives.” Alex Gerasimov